Posts tagged: Michael St. Croix

Andrew Yogan, Michael St. Croix sent to ECHL

The Hartford Wolf Pack have sent forwards Andrew Yogan and Michael St. Croix to the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors. St. Croix was recalled last week to serve as an injury replacement for Danny Kristo, and is scoreless in 13 AHL games. Yogan has a line of 5-5-10 in 40 games with the Pack, and this is his first demotion to the ECHL.

Michael St. Croix recalled to Wolf Pack

The Hartford Wolf Pack have recalled forward Michael St. Croix from the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors. This is St. Croix’s third stint with the AHL, where he is scoreless in nine games (2 PIMs, -3 rating). In 37 games in Greenville, St. Croix has a line of 13-27-40, with 12 PIMs and a +1 rating. St. Croix might be replacing the injured Danny Kristo in the lineup.

The Pack also recalled goaltender Scott Stajcer, but that is more a formality. He suffered another hip injury, and will miss the rest of the season. This is the same hip injury that has plagued him for the entire career. Stajcer is an RFA at the end of this year, and likely won’t be re-signed.

St. Croix, Nicholls promoted to AHL

The Hartford Wolf Pack have recalled forwards Michael St. Croix and Josh Nicholls from the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL. In 10 games in the ECHL, St. Croix has a line of 2-4-6, tied for fourth on the team in scoring. Nicholls has a line of 2-2-4 in 16 games.

Michael St. Croix demoted to ECHL

The Ranges have announced that they have returned winger Michael St. Croix to the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL. St. Croix was called up to the AHL a few weeks back and did not register a point in seven contests. The once highly touted winger is still in his first pro season, but two separate demotions to the ECHL have led to many questions about St. Croix’s one-dimensional game.

A demotion (or two) to the ECHL does not spell the end of a prospect’s career (see: Thomas, Tim). However, St. Croix is going to need to round out his game in all three zone before he re-establishes himself as a legit prospect.

St. Croix promoted to AHL

The Hartford Wolfpack announced today that forward Michael St. Croix has been promoted to the AHL from the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors. St. Croix was initially cut by the Wolfpack during AHL training camp earlier this month. In one game with Greenville, St. Croix notched a goal and an assist.

To make room for St. Croix, the Pack demoted forward defenseman Brendon Nash to the ECHL.

Taking stock of what’s coming down the prospect pipeline

Expectations are sky-high for Oscar Lindberg going into 2013-2014

Expectations are sky-high for Oscar Lindberg going into 2013-2014

The 2013 draft is now in the books and the Rangers have added five more youngsters to their prospect system.  Let’s take a look at where all the prospects stand heading into the offseason.

On the cusp

Chris Kreider

After bursting onto the scene during the 2012 playoffs, Kreider struggled out of the gate with the CT Whale to start the 2013 season.  He joined the Rangers following the lockout, but never earned major minutes under coach John Tortorella and was frequently sent back and forth from New York to Connecticut.  Still the crown jewel of the Rangers’ system, Kreider should be handed a much bigger offensive role next season under Alain Vigneault.

J.T. Miller

Miller’s quick climb up the ladder to New York was extremely impressive and though his 2012-2013 season was cut short by a wrist injury, he should also have a job to lose in September under Vigneault.  Miller’s game is very much a work in progress – he was guilty of some horrible defensive mistakes and didn’t contribute much offensively, but Miller looked like he belonged in the NHL.  He’s proven to be a very quick study all along and will be expected to continue his growth as a Ranger next season. Read more »

Who could be trade bait?

(Scott Levy/NHLI/Getty Images)

(Scott Levy/NHLI/Getty Images)

Acting GM Jeff Gorton is on record as saying the Rangers plan to be aggressive on the trade market to try to improve the club by the April 3rd trade deadline.  Marian Gaborik is obviously the biggest name being floated in rumors, but it’s difficult to find a good fit and it’s probably more likely than not that Gabby finishes the season with the Blueshirts.  That said, it’s common knowledge that New York would like to add a top-four defenseman and a top-nine forward to help replenish the depth that was lost during the offseason and has crippled the team all season.

With so many teams still in playoff contention in this lockout-shortened season, trade prices appear to be sky high, even for rentals.  So who could New York offer in trade packages over the coming weeks outside of Gaborik?

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Rangers ink St. Croix, place several on waivers

Per Renaud Lavoie, the Rangers have signed prospect Michael St. Croix to an entry level deal:

https://twitter.com/RenLavoieRDS/status/246595996069535744

The deal is great for both sides. St. Croix has the potential to be a fantastic scorer in the league, especially considering how he has dominated the WHL. As Lavoie noted, the deal is for $575,000 annually with a $270,000 signing bonus, for a cap hit of $665,000. This also means that St. Croix can play in the AHL in the event of a lockout (if he doesn’t stick with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL).

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Prospects with a chance to make the team

As the offseason turns to August, and the rosters begin to take shape, the attention turns away from those with guaranteed roster spots and towards the many prospects within the system that are all competing to be that sleeper in camp. Last year Stu Bickel was that sleeper, and Carl Hagelin was the mid-season call up that many expected he would be. This year there aren’t as many spots open for kids, but there is still a spot or two available for a kid who impresses.

With Tim Erixon traded to Columbus, the prospects on defense with a real chance to make the club are few in numbers. In fact, you can really say that only Dylan McIlrath has a legitimate shot at making the club, although he likely needs a full season at the AHL level.

As for forwards, the list is significantly longer. That said, it is a certainty that the Rangers will not rush their prospects just for the sake of saying they have a rookie on the club (outside of Chris Kreider of course). There are a few kids that will need to turn in fantastic camps in order to even have a longer look come the preseason.

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Musings: The Rangers shouldn’t draft a goalie in the first round

Fuss about Fogarty?

2011 third-round pick Steven Fogarty didn’t get a whole lot of attention this year because of the rise of Chris Kreider and stunning point total of Michael St. Croix, but the Penticton Vee had a monster season in his own right.  Fogarty will attend the University of Notre Dame next year where he’ll be more in the spotlight. I’ll bet he’s the surprise prospect we’re all discussing this time next year and there will be brief discussion of his chances of making the team in 2013.  He still needs a couple more seasons of development, but Fogarty may put himself on the fast track sooner than we were led to believe.

Lightning acquire Lindback

I don’t think Tampa Bay’s acquisition of goalie Anders Lindback got enough attention last week.  Remember, the Lightning were one win away from the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals before falling apart this season, in large part due to lackluster goaltending.  Lindback is relatively unproven, but in a small sample size he has shown the potential to be a solid starter.  He could be the difference between a lottery pick and a playoff berth for Tampa.

Nashville will undoubtedly unearth a couple of All-Stars with the draft picks they received from Tampa, but the Lightning did well to hold on to their two first-rounders (#10 and #19 overall).  I think the trade also marks the end of Dwayne Roloson’s NHL career and it opens the door for Toronto to get Roberto Luongo.

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